The TassieCat 'Cat Management Legislation in Tasmania' brochure is available to download below:
Cats kept indoors or in a special ‘cat yard’ won’t prey on wildlife and you will enjoy their company too!
Pet cats that are prevented from roaming are protected from injury and from catching diseases from feral cats.
Whether you see it or not, cats do roam. Research shows that the average cat can roam up to three kilometres in a night or day. That’s three kilometres’ worth of risk and stress for your cat. Containing your cat to your house and yard is safer for your cat, gives you peace of mind and saves you money on vet bills. It will also protect wildlife and stop your neighbours complaining.
Click on the green button below to view the Threatened Species Recovery Hub - Fact Sheet - The Impact of Cats in Australia.
Click on the green button below to view the Threatened Species Recovery Hub - Fact Sheet -The Impact of Cats on Australian Wildlife.
Cats don’t need to roam to be content and healthy. Cats are happiest when they are at home. They love your attention and to play, explore, sleep and watch the world go by in the safety of their domain. Click on the green button below to view the RSPCA Guide, Keeping Your Cat Safe and Happy at Home.
A desexed cat lives longer and is less territorial. It will wander, fight and mark its territory less and in general, it makes a much better and happier pet. Desexing prevents unwanted litters of kittens that contribute to stray and feral populations and thus to the ongoing demise of native wildlife.
Cats that are lost and are microchipped and/or collared and tagged, can be identified and returned safely home to their owners. Contact your local vet or nearest RSPCA to learn more on microchipping and costs involved.
It is estimated that one in five households feed a stray cat that isn’t the family pet. This act of kindness increases the feral cat population, prolongs the suffering of the cat and will impact on native wildlife (through the cat's predation and possible disease). The vast majority of stray cats are not desexed. They will breed more cats into a life of disease and neglect. Please either take full ownership and responsibility for any stray cat or take it to the RSPCA.
Also make sure any food waste, rubbish and grain storage is secure from all animals. This will reduce the food available to stray cats and rats and mice (which attract cats
Under legislation it is an offence to abandon a cat. Dumped cats have a very poor quality of life. They have a high risk of parasites and illnesses and being in fights and accidents. They can become feral and will prey heavily on wildlife as a food source. If you are unable to care for a cat or find it a good home, it should be taken to the RSPCA.
A surprising number of people still do not realise the impact that cats have on wildlife or what simple measures might be taken to reduce this impact. By spreading knowledge about responsible cat ownership we can all help to reduce the pressures that our native wildlife faces from cats.